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February 2012


Kotochika Kyoto Outline Decided
6 February, 2012

A new shopping area called “Kotochika Kyoto” will open in autumn 2012 and spring 2013 in the Kyoto Station subway area. Similar shopping areas have been constructed in Shijo and Karasuma Oike subway stations to improve convenience and popularity in the subway station areas.
Nine shops (6 shops in the north ticket gate area and 3 shops in the central ticket gate area) will open in the new “Kotochika Kyoto” area including a clothing store, a variety store (the first of its kind in Kyoto), a popular Kyoto bakery outlet, and a coffee shop.
A new rest room area will be added and an existing information center will be moved to the central ticket gate area. In addition, a free rest and meeting space will be constructed.

Roughly 100,000 people, including locals, students and tourists, pass through Kyoto Station's subway station every day. The new Kyoto Station subway zone will become a more fun and convenient space as a result of this upgrade. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Bureau Planning Section: Tel: 075-863-5068.



First Working Day after the Election of Mr. Daisaku Kadokawa, the Mayor of Kyoto
13 February 13, 2012

Mr. Daisaku Kadokawa won the mayoral election held on the February 5th. His first working day after the election was on February 9th and he was welcomed by many citizens and city staff members.
Mr. Kadokawa has served as the Mayor of Kyoto for the last four years. He has worked hard to gain acceptance for his main themes: “Kyokan" (improved cooperation between city staff and citizens to create a better city), “Fusion" (more cooperation between Kyoto City and Kyoto Prefecture), and the “Hands-on Policy.”
He has added the following goals for his second term as mayor: “Regeneration of a stable economic situation and employment creation,” “To make Kyoto a ‘World’s Cultural Capital’ by improving Kyoto’s attractions and overall beauty,” “Improved local autonomy and a fundamental reformation of the financial framework of ward offices.”

The Mayor of Kyoto and all city staff members will continue to work hard over the next four years to create a more comfortable city for everyone.



Initial Budget Plan for 2012 Released
24 February 24

The mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa, announced the outline of the 2012 budget on February 13th.
The total budget was 1,713.1 billion yen, an increase of 95.7 billion yen from the previous fiscal year. This year's budget mainly focuses on the “For the Bright Future! Miyako Plan” (formulated in December 2010) which relates to developments in the city over the next 10 years.
The budget focuses on three themes: “Economy and Employment,” “Welfare, Medical Care, Education,” and “Disaster Prevention”. This includes improving the support system for small and medium sized companies, creating new employment, constructing new childcare centers and nursing homes, expanding subsidies for child medical care costs, and formulating nuclear power plant disaster emergency measures.
Although the city’s financial situation is strained due to a fall in municipal taxes, the city is trying its best to ensure that it has the necessary financial resources by reducing manpower costs and other expenses. The city will also try to reduce its city bond debt.

The new budget is now being discussed by the city council. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Financial Section: Tel: 075-222-3291.



Full Check of the City’s Disaster Prevention Countermeasures
27 February 27

Kyoto City’s “Disaster Prevention Countermeasures Full Check Committee” submitted its final report last December about the city’s disaster prevention countermeasures and plans after the Eastern Japan Earthquake.
The report is divided into four sections (“People,” “Information and means,” “Tools” and “Nuclear power plant disaster emergency measures”) and outlines the city’s future plans and projects related to disasters and emergencies.
The “People” section includes the creation of a “Refugee Management Manual” corresponding to the reality of each local situation, and plans for welfare refugee facilities for old people who require special care in an emergency. The “Information and Means” section includes plans for a new website providing a variety of information for emergency situations. The “Tools” section includes improvements for support systems for building earthquake resistance, installation of automatic fire alarms and lightning arrestors in cultural properties, and fail-safe water supply measures in an emergency. “Nuclear power plant disaster emergency measures” section includes detailed plans on how to respond to a nuclear power plant disaster.

Kyoto City will improve its disaster response plans based on these countermeasures to ensure that the city remains safe and secure. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Management Office: Tel: 075-212-6792.




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